12 Congolese loiter in Mchinji village sent to Dzaleka Refugee Camp

Villagers in Kaombe Village in Mchinji were on Saturday night alarmed to see 12 people from Democratic Republic of Congo loitering around and the language barrier forced the suspicious villagers to report them to Mchinji Police Station.

Prohibited from working, refugees at the overcrowded Dzaleka camp have been surviving on minimal food rations due to donor cutbacks
Prohibited from working, refugees at the overcrowded Dzaleka camp have been surviving on minimal food rations due to donor cutbacks

Mchinji Immigration office spokesperson Andida Mando said the 12 included seven children and five adults.

“The asylum seekers said they were running away from DRC because of skirmishes in their areas where rebels forcibly conscript men or kill them,” said Mando.

Mando said the community policing group took the foreigners to the police where they spent a night before being sent to Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa for screening before they were given the asylum seeker status which would allow them stay in Malawi as refugees.

Mando said the foreigners claimed they were dumped in the village by a truck driver and wondered why they were dumped there.

He said the asylum seekers reported they had always wanted to settle in Malawi.

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